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Close the Door!

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

A very special friend forwarded me this message and I wanted to share it with you.

Before refrigerators, people used icehouses to preserve their food. Icehouses had thick walls, no windows, and tightly fitted door. In the winter, when streams and lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut and hauled to the icehouses, and then covered with sawdust. Often the ice would last well into the summer.

One man lost a valuable watch while working in an icehouse. He searched diligently for it, carefully raking through the sawdust, but didn’t find it. His fellow workers also looked, but their efforts, too, proved futile. A small boy who heard about their fruitless search slipped in to the icehouse during the noon hour and soon emerged with the watch.

Amazed, the men asked him how he found it. “I closed the door,” the boy replied, “lay down in the sawdust, and kept very still. Soon I heard the watch ticking.”

The question is not whether God is speaking, but whether we are being still enough and quiet enough, to hear. I encourage you today to close the door of busyness and listen for the voice of God to speak to you.

May you be encouraged today!

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Bet you didn’t know…

I found this one at Flip Flop Floozie‘s place while visiting her this morning.

HowManyOfMe.com
Logo There is:
1
person with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

The trick is, this includes your last name as well. NOT just your first name. It is listed as being spelled Becky, Beckie and Becki. It’s fun, give it a try.

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God’s Creations

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One of God’s Creations

In the beginning ~ God! Really that’s the only thing that needs to be said. He created the heavens (space) and the earth (matter). (Gen. 1:1) The rest of the verses in Genesis 1 describe how God said let there be (light, sky, land, sun and moon, fish and birds, livestock and finally, man), and there was! Notice the emphasis on “said” .

Since I became a believer (born-again or whatever you want to call it), I have become so aware of God’s creations. I especially enjoy trying to photograph what my eye sees but it’s never quite the same. I’ve had people tell me I have “an eye” for pictures. It’s not so much the eye God created for me as much it is the ability He has given me.

I’ve met many, many of God-created people over the years (I’m not sure how anyone can believe that we “evolved” from apes ~ where did the apes come from????) Many I’ve met through blogging too. After all, it was a Christian friend who introduced me to blogging! Another one I want to mention is one whose informative blog has helped me in tons of ways. Her name is Annie and her blog is Blogger University (BlogU). She has so many helpful suggestions as well as links to some very informative websites.

I’m a self-taught blogger~never having had a class. I love “tinkering” with my templates as I’m sure most of you have noticed. I’m not a deep thinker, I just know what I like/love and enjoying sharing it and my faith with others.

Blessings to each of you today!

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Gypsy Hill Park

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Do you know…

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Nothing more needs to be said.

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A question for you…

One of my favorite blogs is Sting My Heart. Iris is a wonderful Christian who encourages me with her posts and her comments. Today her post included a link to an online profile/personality test which I decided to bite the bullet and take. I like taking these tests but rarely do anything more than that. I had decided they are really a waste of time.

This test is NOT a waste of time. On the contrary, I think all Christians should take it. Iris referred to this blog which challenges us to check the shape of our faith. In that post Heather said:

Since you are created by God, He created your personality as well. Because He designed you, your personality is going to have a lot to do with your faith. It is also going to be a big indicator in how you relate to others both within the church and outside the church. It will be part of determines your witness and your ministry. It will help determine how you respond to problem and joys. It will help determine how you worship and how you pray.

And the results of this test? About the same way I would describe myself.

Your personality type is ISFP.

Introverted (I) 61%

Extraverted (E) 39%

Sensing (S) 73%

Intuitive (N) 27%

Feeling (F) 65%

Thinking (T) 35%

Perceiving (P) 68%

Judging (J) 32%

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not proud of these personality traits but see areas where I am weak and need to depend on God to help me improve.

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Friends and Fun

Yesterday I called my neighbor, friend, fellow blogger and all around great person, Lazy Daisy, and asked if she would like to go into Staunton and take pictures. She thought for about 2 seconds and said yes. She and I both LOVE to take pictures and this time of year is the best. In case you didn’t know, Fall is my FAVORITE season.

These are some of the pictures I took. The first place we stopped was the Farmers Market-check out these goodies.

Our next stop~the studio of Ferguson Metal Fabricators. You can see evidence of his work all over town but this is one of the first examples to greet visitors.

Then we strolled over to the historic Wharf district and got these shots.

On the way to Gypsy Hill Park, we passed one of the two trollies that run around Staunton ~ check out the name!

Staunton has some very interesting places to see. It was established in 1747 (I can remember that because it was 200 years prior to my birth). Many of the old stores downtown have been updated along with homes and are historic landmarks. There are quite a few historic districts as well.

Some interesting facts about Staunton:

  • Staunton (pronounced STAN-ton) was named for Lady Rebecca Staunton, wife of the Colonial Governor of Virginia William Gooch.
  • In 1732, Scots-Irish settler John Lewis and his family became the first Europeans to settle in the area.
  • On December 28, 1856, the future president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, was born in the Presbyterian Manse (or minister’s home) on North Coalter Street.
  • The area of Staunton surrounding the railroad station is known as The Wharf, a curious name for a neighborhood that is nowhere near a wharf!

I‘m sharing these facts not because I’m a travel planner or work for the City of Staunton but to give you some idea of this area.

Lazy Daisy and I had soooo much fun. There’s nothing like spending the day with a friend who shares many of your interests. Well, it’s another beautiful day and I’d love to go take more pictures, but I’d better catch up on some other things. ;o)

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